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Great Danes: Hans Christian Andersen and "Bogman"

DENMARK | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Views [2846]

"Bogman," pretty good for 2300 years old; Moesgard

One is the stuff of nightmares. The other wrote beautiful fairy tales.  One lived in total obscurity. The other was famous the world over.  The leathery remains of one rest in a museum.  The other lives on in the hearts of children.

The peat bogs near Grauballe yielded a wonderful find in 1952, the 2300-year old remains of a man, so perfectly preserved that his fingernails and hair are still intact!  "Bogman" didn't accidentally fall into the bog and die; his leg was broken and his neck was slashed.  And he wasn't unique.  Other "victims" have been found in nearby bogs, possibly human sacrifices.  "Bogman" is on display at the Moesgard Museum, another UNESCO World Heritage site, along with remarkable examples and stories of forensic anthropology.

      HC Andersen reading A Good-night story

Hans Christian Andersen is a much better known Dane, the author of many familiar fairy tales like The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid.  His works have been translated into 150 languages, nearly as many as the Bible.  Hans Christian Andersen Hus in Odense tells the story of his life through an incredible number of photos, letters and other. memorabilia.  Even if he hadn't been born there, Odense would be worth a visit with buildings dating to the 15th Century. 

 

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